Friday Sari Project, London

Friday Sari Project, 25 Dulwich Village, SE21 7BN

Good news, Londoners: you don’t have to invest in flights to Colombo to get a piece of Sri Lankan style. All you need to do is head to Dulwich Village in south London for Friday Sari Project: a stylish shop-gallery-and-soon-to-be-café hybrid run by the brilliant Mehala Ford. Mehala has a background in fashion and has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen; at Friday Sari Project, she champions emerging and established Sri Lankan and Indian designers. Highlights include relaxed organic threads by Maus (we love the slouchy harem pants in wearable khaki and navy), cool contemporary garms by Anuk, elaborate lace pieces by KUR, colour-pop co-ords by iconic label, Barefoot, plus covetable contemporary jewellery and homewares.

In the next few months, Mehala is planning on opening an on-site café, the Sri Lankan Social, serving simple, classic Sri Lankan snacks: hoppers, buffalo-milk curd with kithul, and delicious chai tea, for example. She is also passionate about holding space for the Southeast Asian community and plans to use the venue as a relaxed salon for cultural conversations, pop-ups and special events. Friday Sari Project will occupy its current space until the end of July; watch this space for future updates. PS Read our interview with Mehala to find out more about her Sri Lankan roots, her love for the island and her take on modern Sri Lankan style.

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